This is my favorite recipe ever for cinnamon rolls, and I figure I'd better make one more sweet treat before the New Year (and the New Year dieting . . . ) begins! I found this recipe in Guideposts magazine a few years ago, and they are simply delicious.
These are just about as yummy as a Cinnabon, and your family will be so impressed that you made them all by yourself! They’re pretty simple to make, just remember to set the dough out the night before to thaw, and then plan enough time in the morning to let them rise. (The recipe says to let rise for 2-4 hours, but I don’t think I’ve ever let them rise more than 1-2 hours . . . just be sure to set them in the warmest place in your kitchen. . . mine rise right on top of the heating vent, or sometimes I put them in the oven with the light on and add a bowl of water underneath to keep them moist.)
Most packages of bread dough include 3-5 loaves, so you’ll get several batches of cinnamon rolls out of it. This would be a great treat to enjoy New Year’s Day!
Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Roll Ingredients
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed, not risen
- 5 tablespoons margarine or butter
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Roll out dough to about 12×14 inches. Spread butter evenly on top of dough.
- Sprinkle with sugar and then with cinnamon.
- Roll up jelly-roll style, tightly pinching ends so sugar/cinnamon doesn’t fall out.
- With a sharp knife cut into 1-inch sections and lay in prepared pan.
- Allow dough to rise until almost double its size (around 1–2 hours, they will also rise quite a bit while baking. Meanwhile, prepare frosting (see recipe below). To help them rise a little more quickly, I put them in the oven with the light on, and place a bowl of water on the rack beneath them to help moisture stay in the oven.
- Bake in greased round or square pan at 350 for for 15 to 20 minutes. Top will be golden brown when done. Allow rolls to cool slightly while preparing topping. (If you're like me, you may want to spread a little butter or margarine on top to make them nice and glossy!)
- Mix powdered sugar and milk to make a thick paste.
- Add more milk or powdered sugar as needed.
- Spread on still-warm rolls, allowing the frosting to melt slightly. Serve warm.
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